Friday, March 06, 2009

Foods you either LOVE or HATE

I found this article to be fun to read. It talks about the top foods people either LOVE or HATE. Here's the list, along with my opinions:

1. white chocolate--I generally don't like white chocolate unless it's melted on pretzels. It's just a little too sweet and makes your stomach hurt quickly.

2. cilantro--I really enjoy this herb on Mexican food, though I do often forget to include it.
3. eggplant--I haven't eaten much eggplant, but when I have, I like it. I've had it fried (which was really good, but I wonder how much nutrition is left in the vegetable if you fry it), and also in some Italian casseroles.
4. coconut--Mmmm...I really love coconut shrimp and coconut macaroons and Mounds candy bars.

5. tomato--I eat tomato all the time and love it!
6. anchovies--Here's the first one that I really hate. I have tried them, because my dad loves to eat them on his pizza, but they are majorly disgusting. Way too salty, smelly, and boney...
7. black licorice--I really wonder about people who like this stuff. Now, I love the red licorice, but black licorice is nothing like it. Just really really gross.

8. stinky (strong) cheeses--I really like cheese, but when it comes to the strong smelling ones, I'm not a fan.
9. mayonaise--Yes, I'm a wierd one for liking mayonaise. It's the only condiment I like on my meat sandwiches. I also like it on hamburgers and hotdogs along with ketchup.
10. bell pepper--Here's where I draw the line. I really don't like ANYTHING with red, green, yellow, orange (or whatever color they come in) peppers. I don't even like to smell them. That's why I don't make fajitas. (Sorry, Rich.)

11. beets--These things seriously make me gag.

I think brussel sprouts should have made the list. Those things are so horrible, that they became a punishment in my house growing up. If you complained about the food my mom made, you had to eat brussel sprouts and water instead. It only happened once; after that, we were always perfectly grateful for the food my mom put on the table (at least outwardly!). :)

What about you? Which ones do you LOVE or HATE? Which ones would you add to the list?

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Three Bears Bread

Anna Ruth has finally been cooperating with potty training, and so I decided to do a fun little activity with her this morning while James was napping. I got the idea from her Highlights High Five magazine that she gets every month (she loves it!), and I just used my own recipe for the dough. We mixed up a huge bowl of bread dough that I normally use to make rolls, and made three bears--a daddy, mommy, and baby, of course. First, we shaped three bodies, then added a head, arms, legs, ears, and a nose. The instructions said to add raisin eyes, so we did that, but we also added belly buttons just for fun. :) We covered the bears with a towel to let them rise for about 20 minutes, and then baked them in a 400 degree oven for 7-8 minutes until they were golden brown. When they had cooled a little we added butter and honey for a "beary" good treat!